ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Entertainment and Media»
  • Movies & Movie Reviews

The Belko Experiment Review

Updated on March 17, 2017
The Belko Experiment theatrical poster
The Belko Experiment theatrical poster

The Belko Experiment

I feel like this needs to be said immediately. The film by no means does anything different or "special" than any other movie with this premise. However, what it does do is borrow elements from other films with the same idea (Saw and Hostel) and places it to good use with a new setting. The Belko Experiment was directed by Greg McLean and written by James Gunn. The film stars Tony Goldwyn (Fitz from Scandal), Adria Arjona, Melonie Diaz, and John Gallagher Jr. The film premiered in 2016 at the Toronto International Film Festival. And was released today by producer Blumhouse Tilt (all you horror fans out there know their great filmography by now) and Orion Pictures.

The Story

To start, Belko is a non-profit organization that facilitates the hiring of American workers. They're offices are located in a remote part of Bogotá, Colombia. Belko has a total of eighty, diverse employees under their supervision. Everyone has been at the company for a while now, except for new employee, Dany (Melonie Diaz). The employees have tracking devices implanted in the back of their heads just incase they are kidnapped. A disembodied voice tells them they have limited time to kill others. Or else they will be killed. Eventually, no where is safe and chaos ensues. Survival is key in this story.

COO Barry (Tony Goldwyn) and two of his employees. One of which is Wendell (John C. McGinley).
COO Barry (Tony Goldwyn) and two of his employees. One of which is Wendell (John C. McGinley).

The Employees

Before the killing, we get to know some of the employees in the story. They are from different backgrounds with different personalities. Some are morally sound and others, questionable. Some are old and some are young. Few may be skilled in taking a life. While others may have never even been in a fist fight. Either way, the movie does not discriminate on who meets their untimely end.

Barry (Tony Goldwyn) holding a gun while the employees face the wall.
Barry (Tony Goldwyn) holding a gun while the employees face the wall.

Humanity

The film's core narrative (and purpose actually) is the examination of human behavior. What happens when someone is confronted with their mortality? Will they rise above or turn to cowardice? Are some natural born killers or pacifist? The tension of the film is built up early due to these unfortunate circumstances. Fortunately, the film isn't filled with mindless killing (although there is that, too). Each kill takes a toll on the person. And takes away their mask—exposing them for who they truly are.

Wendell (John C. McGinley)
Wendell (John C. McGinley)

Blood & Gore

To its advantage, the movie is extremely bloody and gory. As a result, the kills in the movie are more impactful and gruesome. Heads explode leaving blood splattered everywhere. Brain matter gets stuck to walls. Abdomens are crushed. People are shot in the head. Heads are bashed in (and I think you get the point). The kills do not stop until the last minute. If that doesn't satisfy the most devoted horror fan, then nothing will.

(Self explanatory)
(Self explanatory)
Adria Arjona (Leandra Jerez)
Adria Arjona (Leandra Jerez)

Editing & Music

The quick, precise editing and music enhances the anguish of the victims. Depending on how a person is killed, there is a nice shot of their dead bodies. Or, close-up of their mangled face. Music is played during times of extreme distress which causes great anxiety and make scenes even more terrifying. The film's music also contributes to its setting when Spanish versions of famous American songs play to give the film its Funny Games feel.

Closing

Simply put, The Belko Experiment is an entertaining and bloody horror flick. The movie doesn't reinvent the wheel or anything, but it does well what so many other imitations get wrong. However, the film is camp at times. Plus, logic and reasoning don't go well with the narrative. Also, the character development is almost non-existent. However, with its short runtime (1 hour and 28 minutes) it's hard to not recommend this film. The film is filled with anxiety, suspense, blood, and gore. It's not "great" or "bad", just right. If Beauty and The Beast isn't your thing, give this film a try.

The Belko Experiment is rated R and currently showing in theaters.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)